TEA OR COFFEE - THE MORNING CUPPA
By Jay Chatterjee &
Is that coffee in your morning cuppa? Think
again before you take that first luxurious sip.
Ironically, the very substance that wakes
you up, lets you down!
Over a period of time, caffeine can cause
arthritis, stress and depression. Researchers say that it strains
almost every organ and body system ; the liver, pancreas, glands,
nerves, digestion and circulation. And that's not all; brain
chemistry, too, becomes distorted through excessive caffeine
dependence, resulting in over stimulation of the parts of the
brain that regulate heart rate, breathing and muscle activity.
Difficult to give up, isn't it? How will
you ever get through the day without it's boosting effect? But
consider why and how it acts as a mood enhancer! Within 5 minutes
of drinking it the caffeine hits your brain. Building up to
a peak in 30 minutes....the high lasts from twelve to twenty
hours. Like "speed", it unnaturally accelerates your thoughts,
and physical ability to do things. It causes blood sugar to
quickly rise and fall and stimulates the release of adrenaline.
You work faster and do more, until you crash.
However, in the process, too much insulin
is produced and blood sugar levels fall to a low level. That
is why caffeine has been linked to diabetes. Coffee nerves include
anxiety, irritability, lightheadedness, nausea and diarrhea.
Really bushed, but you need to work late
on that report? Don't reach for a cup of coffee! All it will
do is fool your body into thinking that it's not tired. The
chemicals cause a temporary anti-depressant response in the
brain and prevent the cortex from receiving the chemical signal
that tells it that the body needs rest. Your brain is on high
alert, but not in a natural way!
You MUST have a cup because you're hung-over
and know no other way to silence the pounding drums inside your
head? Hangovers are caused by alcohol expanding the blood vessels
in the head. People with hangovers drink coffee because it constricts
those swollen vessels. Drink lots of water instead!
We all need water to think, move and live.
For every cup of coffee you drink, you lose approximately one
and one-half cups of fluid. If you drink a caffeinated beverage
while eating, you deprive yourself of food's nutritional value.
Its diuretic effect depletes your nutritional reserves and lowers
your resistance to illness. Essential minerals such as magnesium,
potassium, zinc, vitamins B (especially B-i) and C, are leached
from your body. Your ability to absorb iron and calcium is impaired,
which increases the chances of osteoporosis, anemia and kidney
Cholesterol levels have been found to be
dramatically higher in people who are habitual coffee drinkers...
two or more cups of coffee a day. All this may increase your
risk of heart disease. A rapid, racing or irregular heartbeat
is one of the most common effects of caffeine. It raises blood
pressure; elevates cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Additional
norepinephrine secretion into the blood causes constriction
of blood flow.
Need coffee to tackle constipation? It does
this at the cost of impairing your colon's normal peristaltic
action, while the artificial stimulation causes diarrhea and
stomach cramps. As with all addictive drugs, the amount of caffeine
needed to move your bowels increases with regular use. And while
on the subject of our innards, remember that caffeine raises
your stomach's production of hydrochloric acid, which is why
there is a strong connection between ulcers, gastritis and caffeine.
Abdominal pain is another common side effect of caffeine. Irritated
bowels and intestines, leading to hemorrhoids, can develop as
it dries out the intestinal lining.
The older you are the more caffeine sensitive
you become. Caffeine can trigger facial spasms or tics, especially
In 1996 the average American consumed over
fifty-three gallons of soft drinks. An American child drinks
about a can a day, an estimated thirty gallons of soda a year!
If you add up the caffeine in chocolate and soft drinks, junior
may be taking in hundreds of milligrams of caffeine every day.
Because kids weigh less, the caffeine ratio is greater and more
Caffeine is listed as an addictive drug by
the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sodas, bottled teas
and even water may contain caffeine. The Center for Science
in the Public Interest, maintains that as little as three to
five cans of cola (not including chocolate and coffee) can make
a person caffeine dependent. Yet beverages are not required
to list the presence or amount of caffeine added.
A psychoactive drug, its toxicity is cumulative.
By the time part of the ingested caffeine is eliminated, coffee
addicts have taken in more caffeine, repeating the vicious cycle
over and over ! Could it be that the measured amounts are calculated
to keep us addicted in much the same way as nicotine is measured
out by cigarette manufacturers?
Wouldn't it be safer and wiser to drink
*** by Jay Chatterjee & Roshmi Raychaudhuri
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Jay Chatterjee, a Chartered Accountant and ex-Corporate Banker,
lives in Canada.
Roshmi Raychaudhuri is a business-woman residing in India. They
have shared a longstanding and keen interest in the effects
of natural therapies. On a trip to the Himalayan foothills,
they came across an ancient anti-aging and body rejuvenation
system based on stimulation of the hormonal glands. They have
put this information on their website for
the world to share.
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